Mar 8, 2013

Open Framed Antique Keys

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On to the point of this post:

I've been a busy bee this week! I've completed more than a few DIY projects and can't wait to share them all with you! But today, it's these framed key's turn to take the spotlight.

I just love how they turned out! They are now one of my favorite things to look at as I walk into our living room. They used to just be hanging individually on a different wall, but that arrangement never did satisfy me, it failed to define the space and they just weren't getting the attention they deserved. So I decided to frame them over burlap! Frames make everything stand out and prettier!

I wish I could say that I brought these home from an antique store or that they have some deep meaningful story to them, but nope. These "antique" keys were shipped from the good ol' JCPenney online home department! Yeah, not a very interesting story, but that's okay, they're still awesome!

What I used:
3 Frames
Primer & Spray Paint- only if you plan on changing the color of your frames
Burlap- I didn't even use 1/2 a yard!
Hot glue gun

Here is what I did to make these lovelies stand out:

I had 3 different colored frames that I had to spray paint black (I had already painted one a while back)

I used Rust-Oleum Primer and Black spray paint in semi-gloss. Since I used the primer I didn't have to sand the frames. The spray paint adhered to it beautifully!

This is what they looked like after 2 coats of primer:

And after 2 coats of black spray paint:

While my frames dried, I cut my burlap according to each frames dimensions and glued the burlap to the back piece of the frames. I applied glue to the perimeter and  in some sections of the middle portion, so the burlap doesn't droop from the weight of the keys:

Then I laid the burlap over the cardboard back piece and made sure it was all smoothed out:

Next, decide how you want to arrange your keys in each frame and glue away!
(I failed to take pictures of this so sorry!)

When your frames are all dry and ready to go (I waited 24 hours) get your frame on!
And tada!!! Step back and admire your work!
I initially planned on including the glass that covers the frame, but I loved the unexpected look and feel of the open frame and the dimension it gave.

Oh....don't forget to hang them on your wall!

I love how the burlap gives them an organic feel!

I'm so happy I decided to frame these keys and not just leave them in the blah, boring, plain, "keys, what keys?" state they were in. Now they can stand (or be forced to stand with glue) proudly!

Thanks so much for reading! Have a super fabulous weekend!

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Steph08 said...

Love this idea!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Hi Steph! I'm so glad you liked it! Have a great weekend!

Brenda @ Chatting Over Chocolate said...


Unknown said...

Love these! I did something in the past with antique (kinda) keys and these are SOOOO cool. stoppin from mop it up mondays :) definitely following you so I can keep up!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thank you Brenda! And thanks for visiting :) Come back soon!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Hi Jodi, thank you so much! And thanks for following :) I'm checking out your blog!!

With A Blast said...

Lovely job! I fell in love with Rust-O-Leum when we did a small make-over in our kitchen :-) I have to get hold of some antique keys {soon}

Lisa Rukin Swift said...

Awesome project! I love this! I'm really into burlap right now and just happen to have a bit left over from another project. Hmmmm....:)

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks Linda! The Rust-O-Leum spray paint is my fave too! Thanks for stopping by!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Hi Lisa! Thanks so much! If you give it a try, let me know how it turns out! Thanks for stopping by!

Theresa said...

Hi Selene, I love your project! I have left over burlap from a wedding. I just need to find some cool keys. Have a great weekend! Visiting from

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks Theresa! I always find so much inspiration from your link addictive! Have a great weekend!

Nina @ Atir Inspired Decor~AID said...

LOVE it! Where did you get these keys? I did something very much like this which I have yet to post.
I am your newest follower & I hope you will follow me too!

Unknown said...

Wow, this is fabulous. I immediate thought of Ballard Designs, it is something I could picture in their catalog. Great job, and thanks so much for sharing at Crafty Tuesday this week.

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Hi Nina! Thank you! I purchased them through the JCPenney online home store...I only paid $20 for the set of 10.
Thanks for following! Will be checking out your blog!!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thank you Marie! What a compliment it it looks like something from Ballard Designs!! See you again on Tuesday!

Unknown said...

Oh, I am an antique key fanatic, and I love these! Wow, you did a great job. I just pinned them on skeleton key board! Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent. Love your awesome ideas!

I just followed by bloglovin, too! I just posted the bloglovin hop, would love for you to link up. Have a wonderful weekend.

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks Kathy! I really appreciate that! Thanks for the invite, I just finished hopping around others bloglovin's!! That's a very good idea you guys came up with!

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